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Posted on: January 2, 2011 4:24 pm
 

Brandon Bass thinking about knee surgery

Posted by Royce Young

Just what the Magic need. Right now they're clicking, playing some great basketball yet still feeling thin on the inside. And now a big part of that is considering surgery that could sideline him for a month or more.

Forward Brandon Bass told the Orlando Sentinel that because of discomfort in his left knee after awkwardly coming down on it against the Knicks, he might consider arththroscopic surgery if it doesn't improve.

“I might need to get it scoped, be out a few weeks,” Bass said. “I don’t know. We’ll see.”

Bass has missed the team's last two practices and has dealt with some swelling. This wouldn't just be a downer for the Magic but for him too. He's long been frustrated with his situation in Orlando being stuck behind Marcin Gortat and Rashard Lewis only to now not only find himself as part of the starting five, but as a major part of it.

With him playing alongside Dwight Howard as a legitimate 4-man, Orlando has turned into one of the better interior teams. Bass is an inside-out power forward with the strength and size to handle just about anyone down low.

But if he's out for a month -- or more -- the Magic will have to absolutely increase their efforts to add depth inside with Howard. Right now there's not a backup center on the roster and behind Bass is only Ryan Anderson, more of a finesse power forward. There's also Malik Allen but I think he's close to 60 years old at this point.

Point is, if Bass elects for surgery, Orlando is going to have to get serious about making a move. For now the Magic have felt like they could take their time, but their hand might be forced.

And more importantly, if the knee doesn't improve for Bass, the Magic want him healthy heading into the stretch run so they'd probably be fine if he's out as long as it means he's ready in April.
Posted on: December 18, 2010 6:04 pm
Edited on: December 19, 2010 1:05 am
 

What do the new Magic rotations look like?

A look at the Orlando Magic after their trade for Gilbert Arenas, Hedo Turkoglu and Jason Richardson. Posted by Matt Moore

Well.

That got out of hand, fast.

The Orlando Magic completely turned around their rotation today with the addition of Jason Richardson, Hedo Turkoglu and Gilbert Arenas (sorry Earl Clark). But on a team with this many options, how are these rotations going to work out? Let's take a look. First, where are they at with each position? There's no way of knowing how SVG will formulate his starting lineup, so they're considered liquid.

Point guard

Starter: Jameer Nelson
Reserves: Gilbert Arenas (combo-guard), Chris Duhon, J.J. Redick (in a pinch, combo-guard), Jason Williams

Nelson has played at a near All-Star level the past three seasons. With Carter off the grid, Nelson could benefit. Arenas can play shooting guard, but in reality, he plays with the ball in his hands. He deferred to John Wall in Washington, but it didn't work well. As a back-up point guard, he's going to dramatically improve the Magic's scoring potential in the bench unit.

Shooting guard

Starter: Jason Richardson/Gilbert Arenas/Quentin Richardson
Reserves: Jason Richardson/Gilbert Arenas/Quentin Richardson, J.J. Redick

Redick may be a trade asset now. J-Rich can play the three, but he's really a shooting guard. Arenas can play the two, but is really a point guard. Quentin Richardson is just a wing. Redick provides great insurance for the two-spot, but that's a pricy policy.

Small forward

Starter: Jason Richardson/Hedo Turkoglu/Quentin Richardson
Reserves: Jason Richardson, Quentin Richardson, Hedo Turkoglu

Hedo can play the four, but he'll likely spend some time at small forward. Quentin Richardson may actually wind up the starter here with J-Rich at the shooting guard and Brandon Bass or Turkoglu at the four. The Magic are pretty short at the three after this move, with Pietrus gone.

Power forward

Starter: Brandon Bass/Hedo Turkoglu
Reserves: Brandon Bass/Hedo Turkoglu, Ryan Anderson, Malik Allen

Anderson hasn't been as good as he needed to be this season to make a leap, while Bass has been better than expected. It's hard to see Turkoglu taking Bass' place, but given his familarity with the offense, it's conceivable. Meanwhile, Malik Allen has another duty....

Center

Starter: Dwight Howard
Reserves: Malik Allen, Daniel Orton

That's it. That's all they've got to back up Howard. Which means when Howard sits or gets in foul trouble, the Magic will have to go small. This could wind up as a good thing in the end.

Lineups

Nelson - Richardson - Richardson - Bass - Howard

If we're talking the actual best players available, this has to be it. Quentin Richardson is no star, but he doesn't have to be with the firepower the Magic now pack. It's a more traditional lineup with Bass at power forward, but with Nelson as the primary creator and Richardson geared as the finishing point, it could work.

A reserve unit could look like this:

Arenas - Redick - Turkoglu - Anderson - Bass

It's a strange big-small combo with Turkoglu at the three, but it could work with Arenas as the primary creator and shooters stocking the floor. Unfortunately, they'll get rebounded into oblivion.

Another starting unit option for SVG:

Nelson - Arenas - J. Richardson - Turkoglu - Howard

Arenas as a shooting guard is problematic, but it may be a dual combo-guard set up with Nelson and Arenas both working with the ball. I've never been sold on Turkoglu as a power forward, but he did play minutes in Orlando before. This lineup likely has the best scoring potential, and has Turkoglu as the fourth scoring option. Which is probably for the best.

The lesson here is that SVG has the same depth he had before, but now his frontcourt gets considerably smaller and more shallow. To put it simply: Howard has to stay out of foul trouble.

If Arenas can create and score to his potential and if Turkoglu regains his magic (sorry for the pun) under Van Gundy, Orlando could take a step forward -- that is, back to elite status in the East. Does that make the Magic better than Boston or Miami?

That's a whole other question.
Posted on: October 17, 2010 4:36 pm
Edited on: October 17, 2010 8:34 pm
 

Brandon Bass plays well, increases trade value?

Orlando Magic forward Brandon Bass has played well in the preseason when he's gotten the chance and teams that need frontcourt help are likely taking notice.
Posted by Ben Golliver.


Once again, the Orlando Magic enter the 2010-2011 NBA season with the league's deepest roster. Coach Stan Van Gundy has loads of options when he turns to his bench, with all five positions being covered more than capably. His backup pont guard, Chris Duhon, started last season. His backup small forward, Quentin Richardson, started last season. His backup shooting guard, J.J. Redick, and his backup center, Marcin Gortat, could start for a number of teams this season. 

The only real question is at the backup power forward spot, where he has two talented but different options in Ryan Anderson and Brandon Bass. Neither possesses the top-end talent, currently, to completely settle the playing time debate that dates back to last season. 

That brings us to a piece by Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel , who notes that Van Gundy opted to start Anderson over Bass when he benched his usual starting five during a recent preseason game  and that Bass has responded by playing very well.
It’s no secret that Magic power forward Brandon Bass wants to find a place to play, whether it’ s in Orlando or somewhere else.

And the way he’s played lately, he might get his wish — and my guess is the Magic are only waiting for the right deal to come along.

Bass is showcasing his talents for other teams, such as the Indiana Pacers, who need power-forward help.

Bass was coming off a 9-point, 7-rebound, 3-block effort in the last preseason game he played, against the Pacers Oct. 8. Against the Charlotte Bobcats on Thursday night, he led the club with 16 points, nine rebounds and added two blocks in 31 minutes.

Should Anderson continue to see more minutes, I think we can agree that Bass becomes the best third-stringer in the NBA. (It's a shame there's no award voting and trophy for 11th man of the year.) 

But it's also fair for Magic general manager Otis Smith to continue to take the patient approach. Talented big man only get more valuable over the course of a season as injuries arise. That goes for both the Magic and any potential trade partners.
Posted on: October 11, 2010 9:36 am
Edited on: October 11, 2010 9:36 am
 

Shootaround 10.11.10: Ins and Outs

Turtlenecks are in for SVG, Splitter is out for the Spurs, Ron Artest's second ring is already on its way out, and Ryan Anderson is in gear for the Magic, all in today's Shootaround.
Posted by Matt Moore


When the NBA announced a rule regarding coaching dress codes, which presumably would outlaw turtlenecks, everyone immediately thought of Stan Van Gundy. Van Gundy himself actually said they should name the rule after him. But the Orlando Senitinel went out and discovered that SVG will be able to wear turtlenecks this season due to how the rule works. I don't know whether SVG should be happy or sad about his development.

Greg Oden says he can be an All-Star , when healthy. Honestly, no one doubts that out of Oden. He's tall, a huge advantage in the sport of basketball, and bulky, a big deal in the NBA. But he needs to not say things like this because it only attracts more attention to the fact that he hasn't proven he can stay healthy, or rehab effectively, or that his head's in the right place. He just needs to not talk about it, go out, and do it. Anything else is just going to bring the vultures.

Tiago Splitter continues to miss time with a leg injury . In the myriad of ways that his NBA career could have started, this isn't the worst, but it's up there. Nagging small injuries aren't just obnoxious and painful, they're hard for coaches and players to sympathize with, and call into quiestion a player's toughness. That's what Splitter's facing in preseason with a tough veteran Spurs club.

The Blazers are adding Steven Hill due to their lack of big men, which is awesome, because he's from Branson, Missouri. Hill should instantly be the leader in mini-golf handicaps .

Anthony Mason Jr. son of the former Knick star has been cut from the Heat. Too bad, he showed some flashes in limited time, but that roster's kind of full-up if you haven't noticed.

Ready for a storyline you can bank on this year? Raptor fans are going to go from feeling disdain towards Andrea Bargnani to outright hatred. He's going to get all the blame for the Raps , even while he probably leads the team in scoring. He's overpaid, but that guy needs a fresh start somewhere else more than anything.

The New York Daily News reports that the Bulls are investigating Carlos Boozer's fall to see if he really did injure himself tripping over a bag . Bulls by the Horns says that the investigation is neither surprising nor troubling , just business as usual. It's still not the way the Bulls wanted to start the era of their marquee free agent from the biggest FA summer in history.

Ron Artest is offering his second championship ring to whoever writes the best essay on how to improve the country. In case you're confused, no he has not won that second ring yet. Ron is not lacking for confidence on this team.

Vince Carter is beaming about Ryan Anderson, which is a good sign for the Magic. It really looks like Orlando will be in a position to use him more this season.

This is probably the last season for Antonio McDyess, and might be the last one for Marcus Camby. Bizarre to think of an NBA without those two vets, and sad to think they'll probably wrap up their careers without a ring.

Posted on: October 1, 2010 4:01 pm
 

Magic exercise Anderson option, will he play?

Magic forward locked in for next season, question remains if he'll get time.Posted by Matt Moore

Ryan Anderson should be getting rotation time on a young team, improving his skills as a rebounding power forward that can also hit from the perimeter. But he wound up on the Magic, who have Rashard Lewis and his bajillion dollar contract, so instead he's struggling for life, trying to work his way onto the rotation alongside disgruntled power forward Brandon Bass. Then again, he's on a contending team, which any player will tell you is preferable to a lottery squad. Either way, Anderson's not going anywhere any time soon.

The Magic today exercised their option on Anderson for the 2011-2012 season. Anderson spent considerable time at power forward last season, earning the backup job in front of Bass with Rashard Lewis out for a suspension. But when the playoffs got going, Stan Van Gundy predictably went to his veterans. Anderson shot 37% from the arc last season, averaging 19 points and 8 rebounds per 36 minutes, a great per-minute rate.

Anderson compares favorably to OKC's Jeff Green, as a perimeter power forward. Anderson's rebounding numbers actually are favorable to Green. Anderson still needs help at the defensive end, but even that gap in his game is closing quickly. It's no wonder the Magic are clinging to him. With the Magic talking more about moving Lewis more to the small forward spot, there will be opportunities for Anderson. The question is if they'll mazimize their use of him or if he'll continue to add to the ranks of Magic frontcourt guys who are disgruntled with their lot.

Marcin Gortat's not happy with not getting touches, and Brandon Bass could not be more stressed out with being buried on the depth chart. Lewis is still the best flex-forward player they have, but Anderson's potential was enough for the Magic to go ahead and lock him up, even as they continue to struggle with the luxury tax.
 
 
 
 
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